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MUNSTER SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
Tipperary’s bid to add to their forty-two provincial hurling titles failed to materialise as last Sunday’s Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final went the way of the home side Limerick, who took the spoils on a 2-26 to 2-14 score-line. Despite four excellent performances in the round-robin series, Sunday’s uncharacteristic display unfortunately didn’t reach the same levels and we commiserate with the team on the result.
Tipperary’s goals came courtesy of captain Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch) and John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) while Brian Hogan (Lorrha-Dorrha) minding the net for Tipp made some outstanding saves over the course of the game. Congratulations to Jerome Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs) on making his senior championship debut when introduced in the second half.
That, then, brings a close to an otherwise successful Munster campaign for Tipperary this year. Each game played afforded the team and management the opportunity to learn more about themselves, Sunday was no different. The focus has immediately shifted to the knockout stages of the championship.
That focus is primed singularly on Sunday week, July 14, when Tipperary will play either Laois or Dublin in the All-Ireland Championship Quarter-Final in Croke Park where throw-in will be at 4pm. This will be part of a double header with the Kilkenny v Cork/Westmeath fixture starting the day’s proceedings at 2pm.
The Laois/Dublin preliminary quarter-final match will be played this Sunday in Portlaoise.
MUNSTER U20 HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
A new campaign and new age grade will see Tipperary play Waterford in the Bord Gais Energy Munster U20 Hurling Championship semi-final in Semple Stadium on Tuesday next, July 9th with throw-in at 7:30pm.
As indicated this will be the first year of the change of grade to the lower age and that should bring huge interest in the championship. As winners of the final U21 All-Ireland championship, the Tipperary panel announced by manager Liam Cahill for the new season includes ten of last year’s successful squad.
The Tipperary U20 panel therefore is as follows; Craig Morgan (Capt.) - Kilruane MacDonaghs, Aaron Browne - Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams, Andrew Ormond - JK Brackens, Billy Seymour – Kiladangan, Bryan O’Mara - Holycross-Ballycahill, Cathal Bourke - Clonoulty-Rossmore, Ciaran Connolly - Loughmore-Castleiney, Conor Bowe - Moyne-Templetuohy, Conor McCarthy - Nenagh Éire Óg, Conor Whelan - Carrick Davins, Darragh Woods - Holycross-Ballycahill, Devon Ryan - Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams, Eoghan Connolly - Cashel King Cormacs, Eoin Collins - Drom & Inch, Gearóid O’Connor - Moyne-Templetuohy, Jake Morris - Nenagh Éire Óg, James Devaney - Borris-Ileigh, Jerome Cahill - Kilruane MacDonaghs, Joe Fogarty – Moneygall, John Ryan - Boherlahan-Dualla, Johnny Ryan - Arravale Rovers, Kian O’Kelly - Kilruane MacDonaghs, Kieran Breen - Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams, Kevin Maher - Borris-Ileigh, Kevin McCarthy – Toomevara, Max Hackett - Moycarkey-Borris, Michael Purcell - Thurles Sarsfields, Niall Heffernan - Golden-Kilfeacle, Paddy Cadell - JK Brackens, Ray McCormack - Borris-Ileigh, Robbie Quirke – Toomevara, Ronan Tucker – Burgess, Sean Hayes – Kiladangan, Sean Ryan - Templederry Kenyons and Stephen O’Brien - Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill.
Pictured right is the Tipp U20 management team and some of the backroom, TJ Ryan - Selector, Tommy Ryan - S&C, Liam Cahill - Manager, Sean Corbett - Selector, Kevin O'Sullivan Goal Keeping Coach, Michael Bevans - Coach-Selector, while in front are Paddy Julian - Physio and John Durnan – Kitman.
We send best wishes to the team and management as they continue final preparations ahead of the semi-final.
MUNSTER U20 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Unfortunately, Tipperary’s involvement in the EirGrid U20 Munster Championship came to rather sudden end, as an injury time converted ’45 saw Limerick edge over the line 1-13 to 1-12 in Tuesday’s quarter-final in Semple Stadium. Riain Quigley (Moyle Rovers) with 1-4 was Tipp’s top scorer. Commiserations to the team and management on the result.
Well done to Sean Lonergan (Moyle Rovers) as he took charge of the EirGrid Munster U20 Football Quarter-Final between Waterford and Clare on Tuesday evening, July 2nd.
Best wishes to Derek O’Mahoney (Ardfinnan) who will referee the All-Ireland Round 4 football qualifier between Meath and Clare in Portlaoise on Sunday next.
There is plenty of club action this weekend starting with the Tipperary Water ‘Johnny Ryan Cup’ County Hurling League Division 1 semi-finals where Drom and Inch will meet Nenagh Éire Óg in the Ragg on Friday next July 5th at 8pm. Then on Sunday, July 7th, Roscrea and Upperchurch-Drombane are scheduled to meet in Roscrea at 12 noon.
In the Tipperary Water County Minor ‘A’ Football Championship semi-final Thurles Sarsfields defeated Arravale Rovers 2-9 to 1-7 last Saturday evening. The second semi-final between Ballina and Cahir/Grangemockler-Ballyneale is set for 12 noon on Sunday next July 7th in Templemore.
In the Tipperary Water County Minor ‘B’ Football Championship Boherlahan-Dualla and Aherlow Gaels will have to meet again as the tie was still deadlocked 3-14 apiece after extra time. The replay will go ahead on Wednesday next July 10th again in Leahy Park, Cashel with a 7:30pm throw-in time. The other semi-final involving Borrisokane and Mullinahone/Kilsheelan-Kilcash is set to go-ahead in the Ragg this Saturday at 7pm. Note however, the minor football semi-finals may depend on the result of the Tipperary U20 football match on Tuesday 2nd.
For results of all games and forthcoming fixtures please check https://tipperary.gaa.ie/fixtures-results/
TIPPERARY GAA CLUBS DRAW
The July Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw takes place this Friday night July 5th in Mackey’s Bar Bohernanave, Thurles at 10pm. Durlas Óg GAA Club will host the event as the club promoted last month’s star prize winner when Bernie O’Connell won the car or €15k. The prize will be presented at the draw this Friday night and Durlas Óg promoter John O’Connell will receive his €500 promoter prize.
Last Monday night in Hogan’s Bar Templederry at the clubs 10th anniversary Lotto Draw, Joanne Nolan, Dolla was presented with €15k which she won as second prize in the May draw.
Best of luck to all our draw members this Friday night in Mackey’s Bar.
TEAM TIPPERARY GAA RACE DAY
The Team Tipperary GAA Race Day at the Galway Races is on Monday, July 29th next and is the fifth Galway Races venture continuing very successful outings for the past 4 years.
The Galway Races Summer Festival is renowned as a premier and most colourful racing festival. While it is a major sporting event, it also appeals to a much wider audience than just the racing fans. With the Killanin Stand Suites, there is something for everyone whether you are entertaining family, friends or business clients. This is the ideal format for mixing business with pleasure, whilst surrounded by the atmosphere and excitement that is the Galway Races.
Past fundraising from the Galway Race Day has gone towards the completion of astro turf and floodlighting on the hurling wall in Dr. Morris Park in 2017 and new car parking facilities catering for 120 cars at the same venue in 2018.
Development plans for 2019 and onwards are in progress and the Team Tipperary GAA Race Day is now firmly established as a successful fundraising venture.
The planning application has been submitted for new facilities in the Kinane (Old) Stand as part of the Centre of Excellence adjacent to Dr. Morris Park and we await approval. Plans for extension and revamping of dressing rooms in Dr. Morris Park are currently being prepared for planning and it is hoped that work will commence before the end of 2019. With planning permission granted Tipperary GAA in partnership with LIT await grant approval for the new all-weather pitch on their Thurles Campus. Great work done and much more to do, all thanks to the tremendous support of our patrons.
If you or anyone you know is interested in racing, or just a good day out and who might take a seat or two or a table and support our fundraising efforts, please contact Tim Floyd, County Secretary, 087 2591747 firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings and further details.
KELLOGG'S CÚL CAMPS
Best wishes to all clubs taking part and running the Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps over the summer months as the camps get under way in earnest this week. Special thanks also to the Tipperary Coaching and Games and GDA’s for the wonderful work they do in promoting and organising the camps.
The Cúl Camps are in twelve locations this week across the county which are - Kiladangan, Kilruane MacDonaghs, Templederry Kenyons, Boherlahan-Dualla, Holycross-Ballycahill, JK Brackens, Loughmore-Castleiney, Moycarkey-Borris, Arravale Rovers, Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill, Rockwell Rovers and Kilsheelan-Kilcash.
The Open Inter Club Final was hosted at the weekend by Crinkle where the Ballina team, left, consisting of Noel Moroney, Declan Gleeson, Ger Coonan and David Hickey were up against Kells from Co. Meath. Ballina got off to a great start and they troubled the Meath men early on but Kells with three senior All Ireland champions in their team pulled back the aces and went on to win 77-56. Well done however to the Ballina lads who had a great Munster campaign and they will have gained great experience playing in a senior club final.
HEALTH & WELLBEING
Munster Inter Provincial Wheelchair Hurling.
It has been confirmed that the rescheduled date for this event is September 14th in Newport and as soon as information becomes available it will be forwarded to all clubs in the county.
TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB
With the Tipperary hurlers and management going about the business of preparing for their All-Ireland quarter-final, supporters can still join the Tipperary Supporters Club at www.tippsupportersclub.com or by calling Jim Reidy, Membership Officer on 086 3580718.
The membership pack includes the following benefits:
All members are entered into a prize draw for championship match tickets for all Tipperary Senior games.
A specially designed Tipperary Supporters Club pen with stylus for use on touch-screen devices
2019 Car Sticker
Text alerts for all Championship team news
Regular news to your email about all the latest in Tipperary GAA circles.